Newman Studies, Catholic Health Care to Same-Sex Partners, and Bishop Bullock News Report: April 4, 2011.
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Wichita Catholic University Creates Newman Studies Program

WICHITA—Newman University has announced the creation of the Newman Studies Program designed to help students engage on meaning making through a Catholic Social Justice framework.

Following on Blessed John Henry Newman’s “The Idea of a University,” students will apply Catholic informed critical thinking to what they have learned. All students will be required to enroll in the program.

The new program requires all junior and senior students to take four capstone courses, such as, “The Creative Spirit” and “The Quest for Meaning.”

The Newman Studies Program completes a student’s general education, and is meant to provide a closer insight on Blessed Newman’s scholarship. The program starts this fall.

Marquette University to Offer Health Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

MILWAUKEE—Marquette University set to extend health benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Marquette's health insurance package will include medical, dental and vision care. The new policy is scheduled to take effect next year.

According to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, at least 13 other Jesuit run colleges and universities in the US offer health benefits to same-sex partners.

The Washington-based Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has no information on how prevalent the practice is among U.S. Catholic institutions of higher learning.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is yet to address Marquette's new policy. 

1,000 Civilians Dead or Missing in Ivory Coast 

VATICAN CITY— Caritas Internationalis has reported one thousand people dead or missing in the town of Duekoue, Ivory Coast, after massacre that took place in a part of Duekoue controlled by pro-Ouattara forces.

Aid organizations have been recovering hundreds of bodies in Duekoue.

An estimated 1 million people fled to escape the violence, according to the United Nations.

Caritas Internationalis condemned the violence. 

Bishop Bullock Dies

MADISON—Bishop William H. Bullock, 83, retired bishop of Madison, died peacefully at his residence in Madison April 3rd. He was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Bishop Bullock also served as bishop of Des Moines, Iowa, and auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He retired in 2003.

The funeral Mass is scheduled for April 7 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee will preside.

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Published by: Sarah
Date: 2011-04-08 03:52:23
We should care more about sexual health. CDC reports that Over 70 million people are living with STDs in the U.S. and the members on the largest STD support site has already reached 600,000+ .

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